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    • Jeff Northridge
    • 12.01.07 | 13:24 (IST)

    Perhaps there are some command and control problems within the IDF and lack of communication between the civilian government and the military, but these are easily fixed. More serious is a tendency for 1) over reliance on the use of long-range weapons (such as air power and artillery) in an attempt to minimize IDF ground casualties and 2) failure to hold ground once seized for a period long enough to have made it worthwhile to have taken it in the first place. If you go to war, then go to war and don't pussyfoot around about it. This concept of "limited war" only gets more people killed in the long run. It's better to go in with massive force and get it over with as soon as possible. If you take an enemy position, then don't give it back to the enemy two days later because you'll have to retake the same position with more casualties later. That's how we lost in Vietnam. We would take an enemy position, abandon it two days later, the enemy would move back in, and on & on.

    from the article: A tiny, but important, problem
    First published 00:00 12.01.07 | Last updated 00:00 12.01.07
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